Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Steelworker (SW)

Steelworkers rig and operate special equipment used to build metal structures. They lay out and fabricate structural steel and sheet metal and work with concrete reinforcing steel bars. They perform welding and cutting operations, read blueprints and use special tools.

The duties performed by SWs include:

  • erecting steel bridges, tanks, buildings, towers and pre engineered structures;
  • fabricating, erecting, installing, fitting, welding and bolting structural steel shapes, plates and the built up sections used in heavy construction;
  • laying out, fabricating and installing sheet metal assemblies and systems;
  • performing welding and metal cutting operations;
  • installing and reinforcing steel in concrete structures.
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints and preparing sketches for projects;
  • making estimates of materials, labor, and equipment requirements.

Working Environment

SWs may work in a variety of conditions, independently or as members of a large team. Their many different duties may be performed in climates ranging from tropical to arctic.

A-School (Job School) Information

Gulfport, MS, 51 calendar days

ASVAB Score Requirement: AR + MC + AS = 140

Security Clearance Requirement: None

Other Requirements

60 month service obligation

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for SW.

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 54 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 54 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 48 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command